Theology in the Trenches: Sought, Seeking, Found All Around

Kathleen Kjolhaug
Religion Columnist

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

Some thirty years ago the young woman in our Bible study spoke with excitement about the words within this passage. I, on the other hand, listened intently just a wee bit befuddled at the intensity of her enthusiasm. 

Seek Him? I thought? Why, He seeks us! How can one possibly seek Him with your whole heart?

The words were clear, but surely it sounded more like salvation by works not to mention a whole lot of us doing the work rather than allowing Him to do it. I’m not a believer in hearing the word only but in being a doer of it, so seeking seemed reasonable ... but with your whole heart? How does that work?

It made little sense until that is, I traveled south as of recent, and I began desperately seeking. Seeking was a mild term as I wildly threw myself into His ever present arms. 

I laid it all out without a doubt and as I read I was fed.

I did not know that because of my woes my footing was all but gone.

In miry clay I could not see the way, something seemed all so wrong.

Up to my neck, I was a wreck and could not unravel a thing.

I knew all too soon, naught a thing I could do but find respite under His wing.

With nothing to gain from all the pain I heard from deep within, “Seek my heart.”

I soon found out, without a doubt, the knowledge that He would impart.

Come listen, be still, come tarry a while, it is My Word I’ve sent.

As I did peek, and truly seek, I knew just what He meant.

Within, without, He was shouting out that forever my heart He has kept ... forever my heart He does keep ... and forever my heart He will keep ...

And He has kept, and He does keep, and He will keep yours. Forever and ever, Amen.

(Kathleen Kjolhaug is a religion columnist.)